Southern Arizona Mixer Recap: March 2017 Mixer at Connect CoWorking

Southern Arizona Mixer Recap: March 2017 Mixer at Connect CoWorking

Our Local First Arizona Business Coalition Members were welcomed into the Connect CoWorking space this past Wednesday, March 1st, by our host Danielle Schiess.  We began the night with a tour of the Connect CoWorking facilities, our members got to see the perks of co-working at Connect!

Upcoming Events at the Old Town Center for the Arts

Upcoming Events at the Old Town Center for the Arts

Because of it's beliefs in social and environmental issues, Old Town Center for the Arts (OTCA) recently received a Bronze Certification from the Arizona Sustainability Alliance. This award reflects OTCA's efforts in moving away from non-renewable or toxic resources, respecting ecosystems, as well as considerations for human and community needs. Check out the upcoming performances hosted by this community organization. 

4 Local Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

4 Local Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women's Day.  This is a day for celebrating social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all around the globe. Here are four great ways to celebrate the local women and organizations that make this city a better place.

Saying Goodbye to Local Leader Pat Connors

Saying Goodbye to Local Leader Pat Connors

This post guest written by former Southern Arizona LFA Director, Lisette DeMars.  Local restaurant owner and philanthropist, Pat Conners, died Sunday March 5th from lung cancer.  The owner of Pastiche Modern Eatery and former board member for Tucson Originals left an indelible mark on the Tucson community. 

Attention Graduating Seniors: Credit Union West Wants to Help Fund Your Education

Attention Graduating Seniors: Credit Union West Wants to Help Fund Your Education

Credit Union West has announced its 2017 Scholarship Program with applications now being accepted through Friday, March 31. The program is open to all high school graduating seniors in Maricopa and Yavapai counties.

MariSol Federal Credit Union Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Valley Location

MariSol Federal Credit Union Celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Valley Location

After almost six decades at their location on 3rd Street and Roosevelt, MariSol Federal Credit Union will begin construction on what will be their new home. The local credit union celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony at the empty lot at the corner of 15th Avenue and Grand Avenue on Friday, March 3, accompanied by staff, board members, and community supporters.

Small Wonders of the Verde Valley

Small Wonders of the Verde Valley

Did you know nearly $6 Billion leaves our state each year from Arizonians vacationing in California? Imagine the economic impact of shifting just 10% back into our state!

In an effort to encourage Arizonians to plan "stay-cations" and explore the many wonders of our state, Local First Arizona produces Small Wonders maps that feature independently-owned shopping and dining destinations in various regions of the state.  These maps find their way into the hands of tourists, students, and local residents longing for unique experiences and adventures in lesser-known places. These pocket sized maps are your guides to find locally-owned restaurants, retail shops, and unique experiences in select cities in Arizona. View each Small Wonders map and then conveniently plan your next weekend getaway. 

5 Spring Cleaning Tips from a Local Expert

5 Spring Cleaning Tips from a Local Expert

With more than 15 years of experience, Migdalia Morales launched her business with the intention to contribute to her household with an extra income. With time, Migdalia decided to dedicate herself fulltime to her cleaning business. Today, Migdalia is the owner and founder of Mig'n Maids, a cleaning company with its own truck and handful of employees ready to serve homeowners across the Valley.

10 Reasons Not to Miss the Tucson Festival of Books

10 Reasons Not to Miss the Tucson Festival of Books

The annual Tucson Festival of Books is one of the nation’s largest book festivals attracting over 100,000 festival goers each year to the University of Arizona mall. Over 350 authors give presentations and hold workshops at this free festival open to the public from March 11th-12th. With activities for all ages, this event brings the community together. Event organizers comment that the festival is a huge success because “we offer programming for children and teens, panels by best-selling and emerging authors, a literary circus, culturally diverse programs, a poetry venue, exhibitor booths and two food courts.” 

This non-profit festival encourages literacy advancement through supporting and funding local literacy organizations. More than $1,450,000 has been raised to support literacy organizations. Thanks to a generous donation by LFA member Antigone Books, Local First Arizona will be present at this year’s festival at Booth #401.  We encourage everyone to come down and enjoy one of Tucson’s don’t miss events.  Here are ten great ways to make the most of your time there.

Jerome Art Walk Welcomes the Spring Season

Jerome Art Walk Welcomes the Spring Season

The Jerome Art Walk keeps its momentum going on March 4th, approaching the spring season with more artistic energy and wonderful talent than ever before.  Every first Saturday, the creative community of Jerome is pleased to host an evening of art, music and entertainment with open studios and galleries displaying local, regional and national artistic treasures. A free shuttle runs during the event. Restaurants will offer delightful meals and charming lodging choices abound for a delightful nights stay for those who might enjoy making a weekend of it.